A board-game-style app for fans of Pokémon battles
Have you caught the second wave of Pokémon fever yet? If Pokémon Go didn’t get you back into the spirit of this classic gaming franchise, maybe Pokémon Duel will. This app gives players a chance to fight through a tournament by picking and training a group of the eponymous little monsters. But it differs from other video games or card games in the Pokémon franchise. This is more like a board game — you place Pokémon at points on a map.
The goal isn’t necessarily to win all your battles but rather to move your pieces across the board to beat the other team and claim your opponent’s home space. You still do collect and train Pokémon, as well as items that help keep your monsters in tip-top shape. You will need to make an account to play, and a steady Internet connection to keep battling. There are in-app purchases that will help you get ahead, but you don’t need them to play. If the battles are the part you like best about Pokémon, then this is the game for you.
Free, for iOS and Android.